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Postdoctoral and Graduate Student IDPs

Postdoctoral and Graduate Student Individual Development Plans (IDPs)

In accordance with NIH guidelines, all graduate students in joint programs of the Rutgers Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Rutgers Graduate School New Brunswick are required to complete Individual Development Plans (IDPs).  These resources are also available to postdoctoral fellows at Rutgers. The purpose of the Rutgers IDP is two-fold.  1) IDPs provide a structure to systematically identify training needs and competencies, establish tangible research goals, and take stock of annual progress.  Thus, IDPs help trainees stay on track with their research, paper and grant writing, and skill development. 2) IDPs help educate trainees as to various career options, define career goals, and create an annual plan to attain those career goals. In both of these areas, IDPs can serve as a tool to facilitate communication between trainees and their mentors.

Rutgers Graduate School-New Brunswick

Please contact the director of your graduate program for information about IDPs.

Rutgers Graduate School of Biomedical Science

More information regarding the IDPs may be found here.